The High Price of Low FundingBy Chief Justice Thomas L. KilbrideNovember 2012Article, Page 587While courts must be frugal, the other branches have a responsibility to adequately fund our justice system, Illinois' chief justice says.
Surviving the Death of Oral ArgumentBy Gino L. DiVitoApril 2011Article, Page 188A retired appellate justice offers his view of what can be done to assure full and fair vetting of cases in a post-oral-argument world.
What judges wantBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2011Lawpulse, Page 174You'll make your judge happy - or at least less unhappy - if you learn some of the unwritten rules that vary by type of case presented and by region.
"He Remembers His Roots"By Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011Article, Page 76A former legal aid lawyer and sole practitioner from rural beginnings settles into the role of Illinois' chief justice.
Judicial Selection in Illinois: A Third WayBy Gino L. DiVitoDecember 2010Article, Page 624Judicial elections? Merit selection? While the decades-old debate continues, a former judge proposes a constitutional amendment that represents a third way.
So You Want to Be a Judge?By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2010Article, Page 456High status, great money, no practice-management headaches - what lawyer wouldn't want to be a judge? What lawyer indeed, which is why it's a hard gig to get.
Substitution of Judge as of Right: When Is it Too Late?By Marie C. Fahnert and Tracey DanielsAugust 2010Article, Page 422Substituting a judge as of right - even fairly well into your case - is easier than you might think, and easier in some appellate districts than others. Here's a review.
When Recusal Leads to DEADLOCK: A Constitutional CureBy J. Timothy Eaton and Lynn A. EllenbergerOctober 2009Article, Page 510The authors propose a constitutional amendment allowing replacement of Illinois Supreme Court justices when recusal makes rendering a decision impossible.
Mandatory retirement age for judges ruled unconstitutionalBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2009Lawpulse, Page 438The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the statute requiring judges to retire at age 75 is unconstitutional and says mandating retirement for judges might require constitutional amendment.
The Power Behind the Robe: A Primer on Contempt LawBy Timothy L. Bertschy and Nathaniel E. StricklerMay 2009Article, Page 246The power of contempt is a confusing mix of civil and criminal law concepts overlaid with constitutional implications. Here's a review.